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Projects Abroad in Togo: Arrival in Lomé

Arrival Procedures
  • Arrival Airport: Lomé (LFW)

Groundnut soup prepared by volunteers in Togo

Most volunteers joining Projects Abroad in Togo are met at the International Airport in Lomé. After getting your passport stamped, you will collect your luggage and exit into an arrivals area. A member of Projects Abroad staff will be easily visible, waiting for you with a Projects Abroad sign. They will then take you to your host family to settle in and rest.

Upon arrival in Lomé, you’ll meet the local staff and be taken to your host family to settle in. Whichever airport you arrive at, a member of our staff will be waiting to meet you with an A4 Projects Abroad sign.

Induction and Orientation

Depending on the time of your arrival in Lomé, you’ll either have your induction in the afternoon when you arrive or the following day. You will be picked up from your host family and taken for an orientation around Lomé where you will be shown how to reach our office on foot or by moto-taxi. You will also be given the handbook so that all safety and security measures are explained.

Volunteer and host family outside home in Togo

You will then be shown around the city, including different landmarks and amenities such as the post office, banks, and bureaux de change. If you’d like, you can also buy a local SIM card for your cell phone or a new cell phone for your time in Togo. During your induction you’ll also have the opportunity to meet some of the other volunteers.

The next morning you’ll be picked up from your host family and shown how to get to your placement. Most placements are conveniently located within walking distance from your host family, but if it is too far to walk you may need to take a moto-taxi.

If you are volunteering on a Standard Project, all necessary work-related transportation costs will be covered by Projects Abroad. When you arrive at your placement, you will be introduced to the supervisor who will explain your role and what you will be doing on site.

We would encourage all volunteers going to Togo to try and learn some French beforehand. The host families usually don’t speak English and really appreciate when volunteers make an effort to communicate in French. If you want to become even more proficient, we can arrange French lessons through Projects Abroad.

If you need to travel to Ghana for your flight home, a member of staff will take you across the border and arrange a bus for you back to Accra.

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